When asked by a reporter, “How in this confused situation can you retain command?” a young American infantry captain serving in the Vietnam jungle answered,
Around here, I am only the guy who is responsible. If these men don’t know what to do when they run into an enemy in the jungle, I’m too far away to tell them. My job is to make sure they know. What they do depends on the situation which only they can judge. The responsibility is always min, but the decision lies with whoever is on the spot.
(From The Effective Executive, p. 6.)